The issue of who should get more carries has become larger and larger as the season has gone on.
Through seven games Ryan Mathews has 342 yards on 56 carries. He has carried the ball over 10 times just once all season, in the team's Week 3 win over the New York Jets, a game Murray did not play in.
DeMarco Murray, on the other hand, has carried the ball 88 times this season, and over 10 times in each of the past three games. Despite getting the ball more, Murray has just 307 yards, 35 less than Mathews.
It is clear that through seven games Mathews has been the better running back, something that is backed up by both the stats and anyone who has watched the games. Mathews seems faster, more decisive with his cuts and more elusive, a key trait playing behind an Eagles' offensive line that has struggled this season. The Eagles play Dallas after their bye this week and chances are he is going to want the ball against the Cowboys to prove them wrong for letting him walk as a free agent. If Mathews continues to outplay Murray, however, it is going to be hard to justify keeping him on the bench in favor of Murray like the team did on Sunday night.